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Conde Nast Traveler

Conde Nast Traveler January 2017

Condé Nast Traveler magazine is filled with the travel secrets of celebrated writers and sophisticated travelers. Each monthly issue features breathtaking destinations, including the finest art, architecture, fashion, culture, cuisine, lodgings, and shopping. With Condé Nast Traveler as your guide, you'll discover the best islands, cities, spas, castles, and cruises.

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Hanya Yanagihara Writer Hula, p. 102 World’s best airport lounges? The Turkish Airlines lounge in Istanbul offers free massages and has a station devoted to Turkish baked goods; Cathay Pacific’s in Hong Kong is great for its Noodle Bar. Favorite souvenir from a recent trip? The big candy-colored tourmaline rings I had custom-made at the Gem Palace in Jaipur. The city you dream of relocating to? Tokyo. I love the aesthetics, etiquette, and formality, and the deep strain of strangeness that runs through the culture. Christopher Churchill Photographer A Good Run, p. 94 What dish would you travel for? In Hawaii, the grocery store on Lanai called Richard’s Market has, without a doubt, the best poké bowl you will ever eat—and at $8 it flat out smokes the Nobu on the island. Greatest layover? When I was young and backpacking…

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golden rules

People look at me skeptically when I say that I can tell almost upon entering a hotel if the staff are happy. The quick translation: They are treated with respect by their higher-ups, have ample opportunity to advance, and are encouraged to approach their jobs creatively—or at the very least to let their personalities come through. As the best hoteliers can attest, a happy hotel culture tends to translate organically to a genuine desire for staff to make guests happy. Plus, happiness is just plain infectious. That this virtuous circle can make or break a hotel stay is a subject of great discussion in our offices during our yearlong quest to winnow the hundreds of worldclass properties down to our favorites (page 62). Why? Because an overall great vibe can simultaneously…

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plan now start with a clean slate

By January, after four months of nonstop face-stuffing (if you count the Jewish High Holidays’ brisket and babka, before you even get to Thanksgiving), I feel like packing myself off to fat camp for a week—but inevitably it’s too late for a serious spa vacation. Which is why spring has become my shape-up season (right around when I usually break my flimsy New Year’s resolution). I’m dying to clean up my act at the Sha Wellness Clinic in Alicante, Spain, which I’ve heard such good buzz about since it opened in 2008. For starters, it’s flat-out beautiful: all modern, low-slung white buildings and fluttering-voile-curtained cabanas overlooking the Costa Blanca. Unlike at so many self-guided spas in Europe, everyone gets a sit-down with an actual physician or nurse (not just a…

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When Patrick Robinson, the former creative director of Gap and now the founder and chief designer of Paskho, a line of premium travel clothing, started to think about what kind of summer vacation he wanted, it wasn’t the five-star experience he was after. “I was interested in doing an authentic, no-frills trip. With Paskho, I work with a factory outside the industrial city of Guangzhou, in southern China. It bothered me that I was working closely with people in a country that I didn’t know much about, so I decided to visit the factory and then tack on a trip to the least touristy part of China I could find.” This led him to Xin jiang, an isolated region in northwest China where the Uyghur (a largely Muslim and Turkic…

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the upgrade

clockwise from top left: Miu Miu brocade flats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $890 Fendi calf leather sandals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $650 Dolce & Gabbana Tulip print slides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $795 Rochas embellished slides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,050 Jimmy Choo…

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plane clothes

I live in California, the land of sweatshirts and sneakers. These Adidas are from a collaboration with the Korean streetwear store Kasina. My hoody is ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo, so are the pants. They’re fitted but stretchy and actually hold their shape. You sit for hours in these and they won’t get saggy in the knees or butt. I take two carry-ons—this purse from Céline and a backpack. I like the security of a cross-body strap and the quick access to my phone and wallet. I prefer to keep my hands free, which is why I like this Building Block backpack. It can swallow everything else I need, like wool socks for the flight, and heels if I have to head straight to dinner from the airport. If I can’t hit the…